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Missing Folder Options Item From Tools or View Menu

Posted: Nov 10, 2011 - Jim Bernstein

Folder Options in Windows Explorer is where you can change how folders and files are displayed within your Windows Explorer session. Any Windows power user will customize these settings right after installing Windows to suit their needs.

There may be a time where the Folder Options menu item does not show up under your Tools menu. There can be several reasons for this and it may be difficult to figure out what caused it but most of the time it can be fixed.

To get to your folder options you would open Windows Explorer or My Computer and then go to the Tools menu. You may find that you do not have this option or did have it and it disappeared. If this has happened to your computer then there are a few methods you can try to get it back.

Try the following fixes to see if it works to get your Folder Options menu item back.

Edit the registry to get the folder options back.
Go to Start, Run then type in regedit and click Ok.
Browse to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Find the NoFolderOptions key and change the vaule to 0 assuming you have this registry key.
Restart your computer.

Check your computer's policy to make sure its not disabled.
Click on Start, Run and type in gpedit.msc and navigate to the following location:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer.
On the right side, set Remove the Folder Options menu item from the Tools menu to Not Configured by double clicking it and setting the appropriate option.

Import a registry tweak\edit.
Download and import this registry tweak that will change settings in your registry.
Download the file.
Double click it and then click Run and then Yes when it asks if you want to import the file into the registry.


 

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